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August 27th, 2014

Back to School Barbeque Prepares Kids For School

Iliana Lopez, security officer Mrs. Green and Anthony Grice enjoy the Newburgh Enlarged City School District sponsored Back-to-School Backpack BBQ at the BOE/Library on Grand St. in Newburgh on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
NEWBURGH - Hundreds of people turned out last Saturday to the Board of Education/Library Complex on Grand Street for a Back-to-School Backpack BBQ event sponsored by the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.

From noon to four o’clock, parents in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District enjoyed music, food and plenty of kid friendly activities, like face painting. The event culminated with a total of 600 backpacks, filled with school supplies, which were given away.

On the front lawn, children and parents could be seen having a good time dancing to the music provided by Beyond Entertainment.

Not far away, in a covered tent, children waiting in line to have their faces painted. When they emerged as their favorite super hero, or cartoon character, many headed over to the food line.

Philip Howard, President of the Board of Education, was in charge of grilling hot dogs and hamburgers with assistance from board member Kenneth Copertino. Teachers from the district also volunteered for the day, handing out cold water and snacks.

Local businesses also contributed to the event, providing vouchers for free haircuts.

Parents also received plenty of information from event partners Orange-Ulster BOCES, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley, Glenn Hines Boys & Girls Club, MISN, and the City of Newburgh Recreation Department.

NYS Assemblyman Frank Skartados and NYS Senator William Larkin were also on hand to wish parents and students success in the upcoming school year.

Skartados hoped that the excitement the children showed on Saturday continued throughout the school year. “We are committed to education, it breaks downs barriers,” Skartados said. The Assemblyman also vowed to continue to fight for education in Albany.

Larkin was happy to see so many people participating in the event, stating it was a great way to help prepare children for the future. “Education is everyone’s responsibility, and we as parents have direct responsibility,” Larkin said. The Senator also vowed to keep working in Albany on behalf of the children in the NECSD. “Albany originally approved $1.8 million, but I fought, and we ended up with $2.9 million,” Larkin said.
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